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Safety Sign Materials and Sizes

The vast majority of the signs we supply are available in Self Adhesive Vinyl, 1mm rigid plastic and glow in the dark photoluminescent.

Self Adhesive Vinyl
A thick vinyl sticker sign with a peel off backing to reveal the self adhesive reverse.

1mm Rigid Plastic
A rigid but flexible plastic material supplied without adhesive backing or drill holes. Screw holes can be added at no additional cost via the shopping cart.

Photoluminescent
A rigid plastic sign with a glow in the dark surface. Needs a strong light source to "charge" in order that it will glow should lighting fail. Not generally worthwhile for outdooors as it is rarely dark enough for the glow to offer any benefit, with the presence of street lighting and floodlights. Again, drill holes or sign tape can be applied free of charge on request.

Other Materials
Thicker rigid plastic, corex, foamex and alupanel are also options for most signs on request.

Prestige Signs
The quality of the materials and print finish of the signs we supply is very high and the signs will look professional in any environment. If however you require something a bit more high spec, we have relationships with many quality printers, signage manufacturers and craftsmen that offer interesting alternatives to the regular stickers and plastic signs.


Which material to use?

Self adhesive signs are generally the cheapest and are most suited to interior use. They can also prove to be the most time-consuming and trickiest to position though, especially if you have no finger nails to peel the backing off in the first instance! The smaller they are the easier they are to position straight and without bubbling, however the larger they get the trickier they can be to put in place - get it wrong and you may end up with sloping signage, and if you peel it off to try again you may remove paint from walls and tear the sign, costing more money and time to put right. They can be used outside also in some cases, but are restricted by the number of surfaces they adhere to and wont stick to brick walls for example. Perfect also for some poles and pillars.

This is why those that install lots of signs generally opt for rigid plastic signs. They cost a little bit more but are a good all-rounder for internal and external use and can be applied to pretty much any flat surface. If being screwed into place (we can add the holes for free) then making sure they are perfectly level is easier - mark the position with a spirit level and use the sign itself as the template to mark where to screw or drill into. Double-sided sign tape and/or sign adhesive can also be used to quickly position signs. By combining tape with adhesive, the tape can help to hold the sign in position whilst the adhesive sets avoiding the need to hold signs in place for the duration of the bonding process. They can also be attached to fences and poles by way of cable-ties or string. So, although slightly more expensive, the plastic signs can be much easier and faster to work with.

Both self adhesive and plastic signs are easy to clean with a damp cloth or spray, but in a greasy or dirty environment such as a kitchen self adhesive signs are generally better and more hygieneic as dirt and germs cannot hide in any gaps at the back or along the edges.

Most of our signs have clipped corners which help to limit damage, but self adhesive signs are perhaps more likely to be damaged by little fingers and keys etc... depending on their location.

Consideration should also be given to the potential damage that may arise to walls, doors, windows etc... if you ever have to remove the signs for redecorating or making good at the end of a lease perhaps. Self adhesive signs may pull off layers of paint and even plaster when removed, and when you start peeling off you just have to go with it and hope for the best! The same can be true of rigid plastic signs that have been stuck to walls, but a blob of glue in each corner maybe all that was required to hold them in place. Rather than just pull the signs off the wall, you will probably be able to gently run a wallpaper scraper behind the sign to cut through the adhesive causing minimal damage to make good. And if they were screwed into place, then easy to unscrew and maybe just 4 holes to fill and paint over.


Approximate Size conversions
150mm x 200mm = A5, 6" x 8" (Portrait)
200mm x 150mm = A5, 8" x 6" (Landscape)
200mm x 300mm = A4, 8" x 12" (Portrait)
300mm x 200mm = A4, 12" x 8" (Landscape)
300mm x 400mm = A3, 12" x 16" (Portrait)
400mm x 300mm = A3, 16" x 12" (Landscape)
450mm x 600mm = A2, 18" x 24" (Portrait)
600mm x 400mm = A2, 24" x 16" (Landscape)
600mm x 450mm = A2, 24" x 18" (Landscape)
100mm x 100mm = 4" x 4"
150mm x 150mm = 6" x 6"
200mm x 200mm = 8" x 8"
300mm x 300mm = 12" x 12"
300mm x 100mm = 12" x 4" (Panoramic)
450mm x 150mm = 18" x 6" (Panoramic)
600mm x 200mm = 24" x 8" (Panoramic)



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